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Winds of Winter Knock Down Trees Made Famous by ‘Game of Thrones’

Not only is Game of Thrones ending, but one of the giant beeches, known as ‘The Dark Hedges’, made famous by the fantasy drama, has unfortunately met its end over the weekend due to 60mph winds.


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This wasn’t the first time the famed trees came up again winds like these,  as in June of l2018, Storm Hector wreaked havoc on the woods.


Image Via BBC.com (Photo: Bob Mccallion)


Image Via BBC.com (Photo: Bob Mccallion)


The tourist attraction along the Bregagh Road near Armoy, initially had 150 trees, but only ninety are left standing.

Woodland Trust’s Paddy Cheng told NBC News North Ireland that the trees are as old as 1775, in his words, “old aged pensioners.” He said, “They are coming to the end of their life, normally beech trees survive around 250 years, they are probably now 240 years old.”

Joan Baird who is a Causeway Coast and Glens councilor believes that tourists are also a reason why for these trees extinction and the “terrible loss” for the site, the Belfast Telegraph reported.


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The trees are one of the most Instagrammed locations. The tunnel of trees is reminiscent to Arya Stark escaping Kings Landing, her escape route of choice in doing so.


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So It Looks like a Certain Ritual Will Make It into ‘IT: Chapter 2’

The new movie adaptation of Stephen King’s IT was met with a flurry of positive reviews; The new rendition of an old classic series and book kept the audience’s attention and made them rediscover what fear is. No one is a stranger to Pennywise the Dancing Clown. His innocent appearance lures the children of Derry into unexpected deaths and becomes nothing but a quick bite to eat for the deranged creature. The hype of the movie has not wavered as IT: Chapter 2 is currently in production and fans are excited to learn what’s in store even if it’s a wee little hint.



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Andy Muschietti, the director of IT: Chapter 1 and 2, has hinted at certain things that may be in the movie. Along with the behind-the-scenes pictures, audiences are left with a little taste, but want more. Andy Muschietti has hinted that the well-known turtle, Maturin, guardian and savior of the Loser’s Club, will make a more active appearance in the sequel. Many fans have questions if the actual ritual of defeating Pennywise will be included in the film. Gary Dauberman, the movie’s screenwriter, has confirmed that it will be one of the key features.



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The ‘Ritual of Chud’ is a massive (yet ridiculous) battle between the Loser’s Club and Pennywise. The ritual consists of both parties placing their tongues on one another, biting down on both tongues then attempt to tell jokes and make the other person laugh. Whoever laughs first will be sent to the netherworld. Weird right? Well, I’m looking forward to seeing how this all unfolds when the actual movie is released on September 6, 2019. Ready or not Losers Club, your worst nightmare is coming back to haunt you.




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‘Superman’s Henry Cavill to Lead Cast of Netflix’s ‘The Witcher’ Series

Henry Cavill will lead the new Netflix Witcher series as Geralt of Rivia. The new series is based on the fantasy novels (of the same name) by Andrzej Sapkowski. Though, the book series already has a video game adaptation, this will be its first time it’s hit TV screens. Rumors have circulated around about the creation and production of The Witcher, but only recently has it been thrown into the spotlight with its casting of the man of steel.


Via Henry Cavill News

Via Henry Cavill News


Henry Cavill will be stepping into the shoes of the protagonist of the Witcher series, Geralt of Rivia, a well-seasoned monster hunter, in which his kind are referred to as a Witcher.  The supernaturally enhanced Witcher for hire uses his combat and swordsmanship training to fight against supernatural beings who plague their world, the monster ranges from banshees, hags to dragons. The creator of executive product, writer and showrunner is looking forward to Henry Cavill playing Geralt of Rivia, going as far as to say on Twitter that, “He IS Geralt. He always been.” and she is excited as we are to see Cavill bring Geralt of Rivia to life. 



Due to the popularity of the video game and book series, Cavill and fans are hyped to see it become an on screen hit. I don’t know about you but I’m looking forward to the fantasy series on Netflix coming to life and when it finally gets released, I will be front and center.


All-star cast

Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, Sir Ian McKellen, and James Corden Set to Star in New ‘Cats’ Adaptation

It looks like the infamous Broadway musical Cats is currently being adapted to the big screen with the most all-star of all-star casts and we are just pulsing with excitement!!




Jennifer Hudson, Sir Ian McKellan, James Corden, and Taylor Swift have officially been named as four of the luminaries leading this brand new cinematic opus. The film is also set to be directed by Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech, Les Misérables) and written by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot) so it is already abundantly clear that this major motion picture will be something major, indeed. 




The beloved kitten musical is based upon the T.S. Eliot collection of whimsical poems and prose all about the psychology of the feline mind, Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, and is the largest grossing and most translated musical (with over $340-million grossed and twenty languages translated to) in existence. It seems like a new adaptation was ultimately inevitable (and it’s a little surprising it hasn’t happened sooner)!



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The story itself takes place within the world of a group of cats known as the Jellicles as they prepare for the Jellicle Ball, where the Jellicle leader will choose one, lucky feline and grant them an extra life. It’s strange, campy, a little grotesque, and unlike anything else you will ever see!


The new adaptation will begin filming in the UK in November (and we cannot wait)!






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How David Morrell and ‘Rambo’ Helped Dissolve the USSR

You may already know all about David Morrell, the legendary bestselling author of First Blood (the 1972 novel that the entire Rambo franchise is based on.) What you may not know, however, is that Rambo actually had a pretty big part in dissolving the USSR


David Morrell and Sylvester Stalone

David Morrell and Sylvester Stallone | Image via IMDB


Now, Morrell (AKA: Rambo’s Father) hadn’t actually set-out to achieve something so historic; he never could’ve known the power his words might hold while he was putting them on the page. And he didn’t actually learn about Rambo’s involvement in the dismantling of the Soviet Union until about fifteen-or-so-years after the initial Rambo adaptation was released.


At Thrillerfest this past weekend, Morrell recounted the story of how Rambo‘s influence in Poland came to his attention. 

During the early 2000’s, Morrell was visiting Poland on a book tour and noticed straight away that he was being treated, well, differently


David Morrell

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The flag that maybe things weren’t exactly as they seemed was that Morrell was visiting Poland at the same time as then-President Bill Clinton, and they happened to be staying in the same hotel. Despite the fact that the literal President of the United States was currently staying there, David Morrell was the one the hotel staff decided to place inside the Presidential Suite; Bill Clinton stayed in the second-best room, the suite usually left for authors.


Morrell thought that this was strange, but assumed that maybe there was a glitch in the system or something, so he didn’t really think too much about it…that is, until things got even stranger


The next clue was that, like clockwork, journalists were lining up to interview and speak with him, just one after the other in a seemingly-never-ending cycle:


It seemed like fifteen minutes would go by before a new journalist approached me…it got to the point where, eventually, I was being interviewed by this nice Polish woman, about thirty-five years old or so…and I just asked her, ‘what’s going on? why is everyone so excited to meet me?’


The woman informed Morrell that, during the late eighties and early nineties, while Poland was struggling to cut-ties with Russia, the Soviet Union had banned the Rambo film from entering the country. So, the people did what any citizens trapped within the confines of a fascist-ruled state would do; they smuggled copies of the film into the country, hosted illegal viewings, and soaked up every bit of activism, justice, and rebellion they could, before taking to the streets. 


In fact, demonstrators speaking out against the USSR found Rambo so inspiring that they drew from his speeches, wardrobe, and the entire energy he encompassed to make their protests that much more powerful.


The journalist looked at Morrell and stated,


So, you see, people love you here because Rambo helped dissolve the USSR.


It’s incredible just how powerful books and films can be, and the influence art can have on us; people have used music, novels, artwork, poetry, and more to protest injustices since the beginning of time.


So, let’s all take a piece of advice from David Morrell by creating the things we feel compelled to create, fearlessly and without a second-thought; we never know just how important they may turn out to be.







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